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Source: Common Domain

Facebook Battles New Criticism After U.S. Indictment Against Russians

Today 10:52 GMT

Facebook Inc. FB 0.10% is contending with a new wave of criticism prompted by the U.S. indictment alleging that Russia manipulated social-media platforms—and by a Facebook executive’s attempts to address the issue.

Write to Georgia Wells at Georgia.Wells@wsj.com and Robert McMillan at Robert.Mcmillan@wsj.com. Appeared in the February 20, 2018, print edition as 'Facebook Feels Heat In Probe Of Russia.'. Comments by Facebook’s head of advertising after indictment spark further backlash

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Source: CBS News

Facebook's younger users are abandoning ship

Today 12:45 GMT

Some younger members are migrating to Facebook's Instagram photo-sharing site, which eMarketer expects to add 1.6 million users aged 24 and younger.

Facebook users age 11 and younger will fall 9.3 percent, while those age 12 to 17 and 18 to 24 are each expected to drop by nearly 6 percent. According to a recent report by eMarketer, Facebook will lose 2 million users age 24 and under this year.

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Source: Fox News

Russian bots sow social upheaval across US using Facebook, Twitter, experts say

Today 10:53 GMT

While much of the attention has focused on the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the role played in it by the Internet Research Agency, one of the defendants named in the indictment, Russian social media bots also have been detected inserting discord into the Parkland, Fla., shooting debate on social media.

That's the conclusion many are reaching in the wake of the indictments recently handed out by Special Counsel Robert Mueller against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities who allegedly enacted a sophisticated plot to wage “information warfare” against the United States.

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Source: New York Times

Questions for Facebook About Russia’s Use of Its Network

Today 13:38 GMT

Many months after it became clear that Russians exploited Facebook to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, the reach and impact of Russia’s activities on the social network are still not fully known.

The dribble of information about Russian actors’ use of Facebook, as well as confusing messages coming from the company, has raised even more questions.

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Source: Common Domain

The Morning Download: Robots Hit the Garment Industry

Today 10:53 GMT

It is, for example, playing a growing role in the garment industry, leading to lower prices and reviving some domestic production possibilities in the U.S. For poor countries such as Bangladesh, where the industry provides 3 million manufacturing jobs and 81% of national exports, the story is complicated.

(WSJ). The Morning Download is edited by Tom Loftus and cues up the most important news in business technology every weekday morning.

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Source: DW

Far-right trolls active on social media before German election: research

Today 13:38 GMT

Two new studies have revealed how small groups of far-right activists spread hate speech before Germany's election last year.

Send Facebook Twitter Google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine. The trolls were given guidance to post, comment, retweet about political issues — with strict instructions to bad mouth the main political parties and candidates, talk up the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), and to spread negative remarks about Germany and its refugee policy.

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Source: Common Domain

Why Was Facebook So Easy to Hijack?

Today 13:38 GMT

The internet was supposed to disrupt and flatten old power structures, but instead it has become like every other network in history

That view, said historian Niall Ferguson, author of the 2018 book “The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, From the Freemasons to Facebook,” was born of an all-too-common mistake: the failure to appreciate that, even when new technologies come along, it’s still humans who are using them. “From 1990s slogans about how we’re all ‘netizens’ to the recent Facebook talk of a global community, we’ve heard this argument ad nauseam,” Mr. Ferguson said.

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Source: The Guradian

Can chickpeas prolong orgasm Yes – but only in LiarTown

Today 13:39 GMT

It’s certainly a very strange place, with its range of artisanal lubricants called Vermont Pleasures, one of which is “body hummus”, which harnesses the power of chickpeas to prolong your orgasm.

Just as LiarTown is right for our era of fake news, so I think a big unremitting book looking at images of sad people at a time where we’re told all the time to be happy will resonate.” Personally, I’d like him to stick to the silliness of LiarTown, with its Bionic Woman colouring book in which she kicks a raccoon into the sky for eating cat food.

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Source: The Guradian

From Watchmen to Catch-22: can TV tackle 'unfilmable' books?

Today 13:39 GMT

In recent months, a spate of books has been adapted for TV, with Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore’s Watchmen in varying stages of production.

“Things that we did in Watchmen on paper could be frankly horrible or sensationalist or unpleasant if you were to interpret them literally through the medium of cinema,” he told the Guardian in 2009. Watchmen’s new showrunner Damon Lindelof (The Leftovers, Lost) has to contend with Alan Moore, who is famously resistant to any TV and film adaptations of his work.

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Source: New York Times

On Social Media, Lax Enforcement Lets Impostor Accounts Thrive

Today 13:38 GMT

Yet social media companies often fail to vigorously enforce their own policies against impersonation, an examination by The New York Times found, enabling the spread of fake news and propaganda — and allowing a global black market in social identities to thrive on their platforms.

Millions of accounts impersonating real people roam social media platforms, promoting commercial products and celebrities, attacking political candidates and sowing discord.

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Source: CBS News

Ex-British spy on leading a "double life" as a famous author

Today 13:38 GMT

He is an expert on secrets, a former spy himself, and the author of two dozen books, virtually all of them best sellers written under the pen name John le Carré.

Among them are The Spy who Came in from the Cold, The Little Drummer Girl, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Constant Gardner and The Night Manager, all of which have been made into films. He is not just a popular writer of thrillers, he is a novelist of some standing, often compared to Graham Greene, Joseph Conrad, and Somerset Maugham.

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Source: New York Times

Marilynne Robinson’s Essays Reflect an Eccentric, Exasperating, Profound and Generous Mind

Today 13:38 GMT

In 2015, President Obama sought out the novelist Marilynne Robinson, the author of the acclaimed Gilead trilogy, for a wide-ranging conversation.

Robinson takes up the question herself in “What Are We Doing Here?” a new collection of essays on various dry and honorable points of civics and theology. What shapes the kind of person who declares, as Robinson does, “democracy is my aesthetics and my ethics and more or less my religion”?

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Source: New York Times

California Today: A Cherished Black Bookstore in a Changing South L.A.

Today 16:25 GMT

It is usually jazz that plays in the background at Eso Won Books, a cherished independent bookseller in Los Angeles that for almost three decades has catered to African-American readers, but sometimes it is David Bowie, Nirvana or just really loud rock music.

February is Black History Month, and there are still events to catch all over the city — at the Los Angeles Public Library, which is hosting art exhibitions, dance performances and a genealogy workshop; at the California African-American Museum; and the Aquarium of the Pacific, which is hosting a festival this weekend.

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Source: The Guradian

George Washington's hair found tucked in old book in New York library

Today 16:25 GMT

A researcher at the Schaffer Library in New York has discovered what is believed to be a lock of George Washington’s hair inside an 18th-century almanac.

Archivist Daniel Michelson found the copy of Gaines Universal Register or American and British Kalendar for the year 1793 while digging through the oldest books held in the Schaffer Library, part of Union College in Schenectady, New York. Within the covers of the book, which is believed to have belonged to Philip Schuyler, son of one of Union College’s founders, General Philip Schuyler, he discovered a series of Philip Schuyler’s handwritten notes on topics including how to “preserve beef for summer’s use”.

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Source: The Guradian

Billy Graham was on the wrong side of history

Today 16:25 GMT

When Billy Graham stands before the judgement seat of God, he may finally realize how badly he failed his country, and perhaps his God.

On civil rights and the environmental crisis, the most important issues of his lifetime, he championed the wrong policies. The world’s most famous evangelist let his apocalyptic anticipation of the coming kingdom of God blind him to the realities of living in this world.


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